Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tiki in the US Air Force

Hickam Air Force Base is located on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii, adjacent to Pearl Harbor. It was built in 1947 as part of the reconstruction of the US military at Pearl Harbor (when is was destroyed in December 1941 by the Japanese).

Hickam AFB is currently headquarters for the Hawaii Air National Guard. The HNG sports a tiki in their logo, as do many of the squadrons that are stationed at Hickam.

Hickam is also home to the 154th Wing of the Hawaii National Guard.

The 154th Wing has several different squadrons assigned to it, including the 199th Fighter Squadron. The 199FS has a few different logos with tikis.

When the 199FS became operational in 1947, they flew the P-47 Thunderbolt, with tiki logos soaring high.

You can see the tiki with wings logo on the nose of these Thunderbolts.

The 199FS is still based on Oahu, but today they fly the F-15 Strike Eagle and the F-22 Raptor to serve and protect.

One of the other squardons serving under the 154th Wing at Hickam that sports a tiki logo is the 203rd Air Refueling Squardon. They operate the KC-135 Stratotanker.

A quick thank you to all the men and women past and present that serve and protect the United States in our armed forces.

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